Couple's Lancaster wedding same day as royals

A couple's wedding will be extra special this year as they share their big day with the royal family.

Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 10:25 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 10:26 am
From left, Adrian Tonge and Marc Wilkinson.

Adrian Tonge and Marc Wilkinson will tie the knot at Lancaster Castle on May 19 – the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

The pair will also be married during the Lancaster Pride Festival.

“The date was a coincidence, we chose it before the royals and didn’t realise it was the same as gay pride,” said Adrian, who grew up in Morecambe.

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“We don’t have any guests in common with Harry, so perfectly happy they chose the same day!”

Adrian, 57 and Marc, 42, met in a cafe in Leeds in 2016 after discovering they had a mutual friend.

They soon became inseparable, sharing a love for travelling and taking many trips together including Manchester (where Adrian proposed), Berlin, Hamburg, Brussels, Budapest, Porto, Barcelona, Cologne and Antwerp.

The couple will have a drinks reception at the Midland Hotel before heading to Lancaster Castle for the ceremony.

“Marc thought the castle was a good place to get married – my parents were married in the Priory Church in 1954,” said Adrian, who works as a barrister.

“We were really taken by the Shire Hall as a venue, it’s a place I knew already but was new to Marc.”

Adrian and Marc also hope to hire a vintage Blackpool double-decker to travel with guests to the castle.

“I worked as a bus conductor in Blackpool in 1979 on this type of vehicle so there is a connection there,” said Adrian.

The couple will have a party at Forrest Hills, Lancaster after the ceremony and then another in Leeds, where Marc is a popular part time DJ. A ten day honeymoon will see the pair jet off to Pisa, Florence, Rome and Naples.